Nancy Pelosi Insists She Won't Step Down As Democratic House Minority Leader

Elias Hubbard
June 25, 2017

When it comes to her detractors, Pelosi said "my decision about how long I stay is not up to them".

"I am a master legislator", she boasted. "I think she's the most capable leader that we have and I can't imagine anyone else who could do such an important job and do it so well". "That is why I am able to attract the [financial] support that I do, which is essential to our election, I am sad to say". DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Lujan attempted to do just that with his recent memo that spun Jon Ossoff's disappointing loss as a demonstration of how much ground Democrats are gaining in traditionally conservative districts.

Democrats are despondent over Tuesday's loss in the special election for Georgia's sixth congressional district seat. And in Georgia past year, Republican Tom Price won by 24 points, while Handel beat Ossoff by just under 4 percentage points this week.

"Charleston lawyer Joe Cunningham became the first Democrat to announce a campaign to unseat Congressman Mark Sanford in the 1st District", the Charleston City Paper reported on Wednesday.

All the races were on GOP-friendly terrain.

Democratic critics say it's time to change the party's House leadership, which has been static for over a decade, to make room for fresh voices and a new direction. Democrats have to pick up 24 House seats to get back into power. She referenced that the GOP spent millions of dollars promoting House Speaker Paul Ryan since he was on the 2012 ticket as the vice presidential ticket and "I have a hundred million or so spent against me and his numbers are no better than mine".

He said the Democratic Party, however, isn't self-aware enough to realize that they'll always have an uphill battle if she's the face of the party. "And usually they go after the most effective leaders, because they want to take us, diminish the opportunity that we have".

Trump himself weighed in over Twitter Thursday morning with digs at Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY.

In this week's election, Georgia voters, many of whom are skeptical of President Donald Trump and his tweets, demonstrated they nevertheless want more from an opposition than rants and adolescent rage over losing an election. Probably not. Did Georgia make Republicans feel better and Democrats worse?

Even Democrats that distance themselves from Pelosi, however, find that her reputation can still be a thorn in their side.

In this March 28, 2017 photo, House Ways and Means Committee member Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J. speaks during a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington.

"The Republican playbook for the past four election cycles has been very focused, very clear: It's been an attack on our leader", Ms. Rice said. His 2015-16 giving was well behind Pelosi previous year, at $592,500. "I think that in certain areas, like in some of these special election districts, it doesn't benefit our candidates to be tied to her".

Some Democrats, though, have wanted her out, particularly after the party was unable to win back control in 2016, a year when the party was seen as having a decent chance of doing so. Mr. Moulton backed a longshot challenge to Ms. Pelosi's leadership post from Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan last fall. She can boast about her unique ability to raise a stupid amount of money for Democratic candidates and causes. It would be one thing if the Russians had disseminated lies about Hillary Clinton, but instead they exposed damaging truths about her.

A month from now few will even think about the outcome of this "most expensive House race in history".

"I'm in my 10th term and I certainly have never seen someone who is smarter in the kind of backroom maneuvering that Nancy Pelosi does", said Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.

"Well we have to be optimistic, and we have to keep on fighting", she said. That a win in Georgia was going to be a huge referendum on what they perceive as unhappiness with the GOP party and our president blanketing the American landscape.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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